Examples of 53x
Examples of 53x
Where does 53x come from?
53x is “sex” in leetspeak, a coded way to spell words developed on early internet messages boards in the 1980s. In leetspeak, letters are often replaced by numbers or symbols that resemble them—with the number 5 often standing in for letter s and 3, e, yielding 53x.
Evidence for 53x for “sex” may appear on a Usenet posting as early as 1997, although it was likely in use before then. An Urban Dictionary entry for the term was added in 2004.
smh i’m tryin to have 53X 😞
— 𝔱𝔯𝔦𝔫 👼🏼 (@trinbabyyyy) November 5, 2017
Who uses 53x?
Early on, leetspeak was a way to signal to other board members that you were a savvy internet user. Into the 2000s, some of its alternative spellings, including 53x, were used to self-censor; be creative, ironic, or nostalgic; or to avoid running aground of content restrictions.
While not one of the most common leet speak expressions, 53x is still knocking around the internet, sometimes in behind-the-times, alarmist articles about what “the kids are saying these days.”
Me: hey wanna have 53X
— KitKatKseniya (@KitKatKseniya) February 27, 2019
Sometimes 53x is innocuous, short for 53 times, as in, “There are 53x more monkeys than giraffes.”
OK, another great company went public today (Zoom). However the narrative for me is again about the multiple the market has anointed them with…
53X trailing 12 months revenue! That's what they closed at today.
It's bubble time. Move to cash and wait for the fall.
— Aaron Bird (@aaronbird) April 18, 2019
It might also be used in reference to a product name, serial number … or a Las Vegas cabaret show named 53x, likely inspired by the leetspeak term.
— 53X (@53XLV) November 4, 2016